Bears lead Big 12 with quartet of players on preseason list.
Bears get duo on list for second-straight season.
Billings, Blackshear and Drango up for nation’s top interior lineman award.
Bears place two on list for second-straight season.
Spencer Drango gives Bears third straight season with Offensive Lineman of the Year choice
Returning All-Big 12 lineman, third-year junior… Consensus 2014 first-team All-Big 12 as sophomore… Incredibly strong and compact interior lineman… Earned starting nose tackle spot for final two games of true freshman season (2013 Big 12 champions)… Has recorded tackle in all 24 career games played… Started 15 straight games entering 2015 season… Projected 2015 All-American (second team) by Athlon... Selected 2015 Preseason Big 12 Defensive Player of Year by league media, named preseason first-team All-Big 12 by league media, Sporting News, ESPN, Athlon, Lindy’s and Phil Steele... Named “College Football’s Strongest Player” by NFL.com... Local phenom from Waco High School, former national top 200 recruit… Accomplished weightlifter, broke 22-year-old Texas prep state meet record with 2,010 pound effort (805 squat, 500 bench, 705 dead lift) in 2012 -- previous record was held by Mark Henry… Team-best 690-pound squat, team-best 400-pound clean lift… Vertical jump measured at 32-inches even, broad jump at nine feet, two inches… Timed at 4.94 in 40-yard dash.
2014 (Sophomore): Starting nose tackle for all 13 games during 2014 Big 12 championship season… Named consensus first-team All-Big 12 as sophomore… Totaled 37 tackles (26 solo, 11.5 for loss of 38 yards), 2.0 sacks, nine hurries and one forced fumble on season… Ranked 12th in Big 12 (third on team) with 11.5 tackles for loss… Led team with nine QB hurries… One of nine players to start all 13 games in 2014 (seven on defense)… Named second-team All-Texas by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football… Recorded tackle in all 13 games… Had two tackles, 1.5 for loss, and QB hurry in season-opening win over SMU… Made first career sack (-10 yards) and additional tackle for loss, along with hurry, in win over Northwestern State in second game… Made two hurries and had tackle for loss in win at Iowa State in fourth game… Totaled career-high three hurries and had three tackles in epic 61-58 comeback win over No. 9 TCU in sixth game… Made season-high eight tackles (four solo), two TFL including 7-yard sack and forced first career fumble at West Virginia in seventh game… Had 1.5 tackles for loss, four total tackles and QB hurry in win over Kansas in eighth game… Made memorable play in chasing KU running back 30 yards downfield to force out of bounds… Made season-high five solo tackles, including career-high three for loss (-10 yards) in win over Oklahoma State in 10th game… Recorded two stops, including assisted tackle for loss in win over No. 9 Kansas State that clinched share of Big 12 championship and berth in New Year’s Six bowl… Made two solo tackles and QB hurry in Cotton Bowl vs. No. 7 Michigan State.
2013 (True Freshman): Played in 11 of 13 games, started twice, as true freshman defensive tackle, one of five true freshmen on squad to play… Earned first career letter… Totaled 29 tackles (17 solo), 3.5 for loss of eight yards, and three QB hurries on season… Recorded at least one tackle in all 11 games… Saw first collegiate action in season-opening win over Wofford, but injured ankle, finished with two solo tackles as reserve… Sat out second game (Buffalo) while recuperating… Returned to action and had two-yard tackle-for-loss in backup role in win over ULM in third game… Did not play fourth game (West Virginia), but played final nine games of season, started final two… Made two stops and had career-first QB hurry in win over Iowa State in sixth game… Had three-yard TFL and two hurries in win vs. Texas Tech in ninth game… Entered starting lineup at DT in 12th game, historic win over No. 23 Texas that clinched Big 12 championship and school’s first-ever BCS bowl berth, made then-career-high six tackles in first start… Set new career tackle mark in second start with 10 stops in Fiesta Bowl vs. No. 15 UCF.
High School: National top 200 local recruit and record-setting power-lifter from nearby Waco (Texas) High School... All-state defensive lineman played for head coaches Marty Herbst and Danny Ramsey at WHS... No. 158 overall national prospect on 247Sports.com's Top247 listing and No. 168 nationally on Rivals250 list... National position rankings among defensive tackles: No. 12 by Rivals.com, No. 12 by Scout.com, No. 12 by 247Sports.com, No. 13 (OG) by ESPN.com... Overall rank among Texas recruits: No. 18 by 247Sports.com, No. 18 by Austin American-Statesman's Fabulous 55, No. 23 by Rivals.com, No. 35 by ESPN.com and Waco Tribune-Herald (top 50)... Ranked fifth among in-state defensive tackles by Dave Campbell's Texas Football (first-team "All-Texas") and seventh by Dallas Morning News/SportsDay State Top 100... Led Waco to 9-4 record and 2012 DII regional quarterfinals as senior... Named first-team 2012 4A All-State and first-team 2012 All-District 8-4A lineman... Totaled 132 pancakes as senior... Also named first-team 2012 All-Super Centex and Super Centex Male Athlete of the Year by Waco Tribune-Herald... Helped Waco to 7-4 mark and 2011 DII bi-district finals as junior... Earned 2011 4A All-State honorable mention and first-team 2011 All-District 8-4A honors... Credited with 134 pancakes as junior... Named first-team 2011 All-Super Centex... Competed in power-lifting at WHS, broke 22-year-old Texas state meet record (previously owned by Mark Henry) with 2,010 pound effort (805 squat, 500 bench, 705 dead lift).
Personal: Son of Anthony and Sylvia Billings... Full name is Andrew Mitchell Billings... Born March 6, 1996, in Waco, Texas... Father played baseball at Paul Quinn... Mother ran track at Mary-Hardin Baylor... Majoring in communication studies.